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"There was a time when one old eccentric guy with a notebook could do something important to science. Now even the resources of a major university are often not enough."
- Jerry Pournelle

External Eyelenses  
  Way retro means of correcting vision problems in human beings.  

One of the oldest (and best) tricks of science fiction writers is to use a deliberately technical description of an everyday object.

Nyman was at his desk, ostensibly working at a gray-and-green-colored holodisplay. He was a thin, serious-looking man who affected steel-rimmed external eyelenses to go with this expensively cut black suit...
From Altered Carbon, by Richard Morgan.
Published by Del Rey in 2003
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Another good example of how this is used to great effect in a story is the groundcar from Foundation by Isaac Asimov.

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